Farm Talk


March 3, 2009

Sharon Jeffco in it for love of the horse

by Charlotte Anne Smith — When it comes to horses, Sharon Jeffco of Nowata, Okla., just about does it all.

She has made four world and grand champions over the last two years, is a professional carded judge, therapeutic riding instructor and teaches other riders besides those that qualify for the therapeutic riding program. She also breaks and trains horses both for herself and others.

Her horses have been featured on live stage, musical productions, dinner theatre and TV as well as many exhibitions and clinics for such notables as NARHA and Purina Mills, yet Sharon has been known to muck her own stalls.

“We moved to Oklahoma when Phillips hired my husband to design some convenience stores about 10 or 11 years ago.” Jeffco said. “First to Bartlesville, and then we bought this place and moved here.” Her current residence is the Double “J” Ranch on U.S. 60, west of Nowata. Now she is totally immersed in the horse world and the strangest part is she didn’t grow up horse crazy like so many involved in the business did. She was raised in Pennsylvania and says the terrain around Nowata reminds her of where she grew up, one of the reasons for deciding to stay in Oklahoma.

Part of her time is spent traveling in connection with her judging duties for the National Foundation Quarter Horse Association and the American Ranch Horse Association.

In 2007, she judged the World Show for the American Ranch Horse Association and is currently studying to become a judge for the American Quarter Horse Association. She has judged a number of shows in Oregon,Texas and South Carolina, but travels nationwide.

Sharon is most fond of the old Quarter Horse bloodlines and has many horses with legendary bloodlines still on their papers such as, Nowata Star, King, Smart Chic Olena, Freckles Playboy, Playgun, Doc Quixote, Zantanon, Eddie 50, Blondy’s Dude, Peppy San Badger, Be Ache Enterprise, Miss BH Victory, Doc Bar, Impressive and Noble Tradition (HYPP N/N), Ed Daniel, Watch Joe Jack, Watch Joe Lady, and The Intimidator.

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